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September 9, 2011

CELLIST LUCAS OPENS THE PPO CONCERT SEASON

CELLIST LUCAS OPENS THE PPO CONCERT SEASON AT THE CCP

Noted Filipino cellist Renato Lucas opens the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra's (PPO) 29th Concert Season 2011-2012 with a “A Hero’s Life” on September 9, 2011, 8:00 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

Under the baton of Maestro Olivier Ochanine, Lucas will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto. The concert will also feature the Saint-Saens’ Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben.

Lucas studied at the University of the Philippines, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA), Royal Northern College of Music (England), Hochschule fuer Musik Detmold (Germany) and Universitaet der Kunst Berlin (Germany). He has been the principal cellist of the PPO for three decades and appeared as soloist and conductor in various occasions as well as appearances with many ensembles like the Manila Symphony Orchestra, Manila Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Manila, the Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra and the UST Symphony Orchestra. He also performed in various music festivals, cello recitals, chamber music performances like the CCP’s Filipino Artist Series, Coke Bolipata’s Pundaquit Arts Festival, and the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Festival to name a few.

Lucas has worked with practically the whole spectrum of music collaborating pop icons Ryan Cayabyab, Basil Valdez; contemporary composers from the Asia-Pacific Region,; collaborations with contemporary dancers like Myra Beltran; film scoring collaborations with Nonong Buencamino/ Marilou Diaz-Abaya and recently, accompanied renowned Filipina pianist Cecile Licad’s training of the Pundaquit Chamber Orchestra.

Recent concerts include the monumental Dvorak Cello Concerto with the State Philharmonic Brno (Czech) which featured Lucas in their Asian tour.

Discography includes recordings with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s Homecoming I Concert of Bruch’s Kol Nidre which drew rave reviews and was released on CD. Recent CD recording entitled ROMANZA (Tawid/Ivory with Raul Sunico) which received the 2006 Awit Awards for Best Instrumental Recording.

Lucas currently holds an Associate Professorship at the University of Santo Tomas. He holds an M. A. History from the UST Graduate School with his thesis on the History of the Symphony Orchestra in the Philippines (also reading his Ph.D. in Cultural History) and is a Research Fellow for the University’s Center for Intercultural Studies.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) is the country’s leading orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region. In August 2011, the PPO performed at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (popularly known as the “Egg”) in Beijing, China to mark the 35th year anniversary celebration of the Philippines-China Diplomatic Relations. The concert was supported by the Rustia Tantoco Foundation spearheaded by Zenaida “Nedy” Tantoco.

Ticket prices: P1000/800/500/P350/200, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available for eight (8) or four (4) shows. For inquiries and subscriptions, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National

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